A patent has revealed what could be the iPhone 6 with a laser keyboard, along with a video
An Apple patent and video has revealed the next iPhone will feature a laser keyboard.
According to Patently Apple, Apple now owns the patent for this technology and it is due to appear on the next iPhone.
The website explains, "In this example, the system may be used in combination with a projected control panel 115 (such as a keyboard, audio/video controls, and so on).
"The control panel 115 may be a light pattern projected from a light source onto a surface (e.g., table or desk), the control panel 115 may include different light shapes, colors, or the like for representing different inputs."
The website explains that the patent applies to all iDevices, whether an iMac, iPhone or iPad.
The keyboard would work using a depth-detection device, say, for example, iPhone 6's camera.
The "system may include a processor and a camera which may be in communication with the processor. Additionally, the electronic device includes a first laser source configured to emit a first fan shaped laser beam to intersect at least a portion of a field of view (FOV) of the camera."
It will then detect where the fingers/hands are in relation to where the keyboard is projected.
Another suggestion is that Apple will start shipping a clip-on cover, like the iPad's Smart Cover, that a keyboard can be projected onto, rather than having to rely on having a smooth or flat surface.
Confused? Take a look at the video below to make more sense of it.
This particular patent appeared alongside twenty others filed by Apple and released by the US patent office on January 31 (yesterday).